The father and brother of political dissident Julian Assange will speak at the showing of a documentary at Cinema Arts Centre on Saturday.
“Ithaka” tells the story of Assange’s fight to avoid extradition to the United States, where the Australian journalist is accused of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking information the US government deemed to be classified. He faces a sentence of 175 years if convicted.
Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. In 2010, Wikileaks published a series of leaks provided by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. After the leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks. He is being held in H.M Belmarsh prison in London.
Following the screening, John Shipton, who is the film’s primary subject, and Gabriel Shipton, the film’s producer and brother of Assange, will speak to the audience about the creation of the film and their fight to prevent Assange’s extradition to the US on charges of espionage.
The documentary will show at 7 p.m.
Public $20 | Cinema Arts Centre Members $14